Chloe, Shahidi, Cordae part of Disney EP honoring Black life
Disney is celebrating this year’s Juneteenth with a new EP about the Black experience featuring actor and activist Yara Shahidi, Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle and rapper YBN Cordae, who is donating his proceeds to students attending historically Black colleges and universities.
'Speak up!' — 'Sesame Street' tackles racism in TV special
NEW YORK – “Sesame Street" has always pressed for inclusion. Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit, educational organization behind “Sesame Street” — will later this month air the half-hour anti-racist special "The Power of We” and hopes families will watch together. The special defines racism for younger viewers and shows how it can be hurtful. “Sesame Street,” which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary, has a history of explaining the world to children, tackling everything from foster care to substance abuse. The latest special comes on the heels of “Sesame Street” contributing to “Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism,” a CNN town hall special in June hosted by Van Jones and Erica Hill.
‘Change the laws!’: Celebrities rage over ‘insulting’ charge in Breonna Taylor case
Breonna Taylor should still be with us and her family deserved justice today. Today’s indictment is outrageous and offensive to Breonna Taylor’s memory, yet another example of no accountability for police. — Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) September 23, 2020AdvertisementMy thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Breonna Taylor today. 1/3 — Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 23, 2020Brett Hankison is indicted for shooting into the apartment NEXT to Breonna Taylor & not for KILLING HER. Today, no one was truly charged for Breonna Taylor's murder, and her family deserves much better.latimes.com
Barack Obama will headline televised prime-time commencement
NEW YORK – Former President Barack Obama will deliver a televised prime-time commencement address for the high school Class of 2020 during an hour-long event that will also feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai and Ben Platt, among others. Several high school students from Chicago public schools and the Obama Youth Jobs Corps will join, as will the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe and H.E.R. The event is titled “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It's hosted by the education advocacy group XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation. Obama will reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic's disruption of school life, especially for seniors who have missed out on their milestone rites of passage. “We are grateful to President Obama for giving this gift to our nation’s three million high school seniors as they #GraduateTogether,” she added.